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Barcelona: La Vida Literaria (1903?). 95pp. Six issues of a series dedicated to an assortment of pseudo-scientific examinations of sexual subjects. In addition to explanations of the causes of impotency, uses of aphrodisiacs, prohibited sexual positions and problems associated with celibacy, two issues include an extensive analysis of homosexuality: "diferencias entre el pederasta y el homosexual.-el amor homosexual en Francia- una practica repugnante de los Templarios-la pederasta en Turquia....sodomia en Italia, China....un defensor de los pederastas." Generally very good in lightly worn wrappers, some browning to covers. The series resembles that produced in Paris around the same time by the Librairie des connaissances médicales.
Amsterdam and Paris: Aux depens d'une Socièté d'Amateurs [Marcel Seheur]. (1936). This uncommon and controversial text on pederasty bears an introduction by "Bramatos." The illustrations however are missing in this copy. Pia 12. One of 250 hand numbered copies, this example #26. Very good in original salmon colored wrappers and contemporary 3/4 leather binding. Quite uncommon.
Paris: Jules Gay (1861). 78pp. The first appearance in French of this disquisition on the authorship and history of infamous pederastic treatise, Alcibiade fanciullo a scola. The publisher, Jules Gay, issued the rare text in Italian and in French several years later and was condemned for the book in 1868. The present edition was translated by M. Gustav Brunet, who has added a "postface" and notes containing a vast amount of material on the subject of pederasty and sodomy. Ashbee (Index) 29. Not listed in Pia. One of 254 numbered copies (#7). Uncommon. A good copy in contemporary 1/2 leather boards with decorative spine and marbled endpapers, front and rear hinges cracked, small portion of lower spine missing. Rare.
Amsterdam: F. van Rossen (1908). 78pp. Aletrino was a prolific Dutch writer and a lecturer on criminal anthropology in Amsterdam and was one of the earliest Dutch advocates of homosexual rights, widely respected in his field. In 1903 he visited Magnus Hirschfeld in Berlin and discusses his observations in Hermaphrodisie en uranisme. See Bleys, The Geography of Perversion: Male-To-Male Sexual Behavior Outside the West. Very god in original wrappers, small signature on front cover, light sunning to edges, light spotting to foredge.
NP: ND (1931). This important and explicit gay novel about the love between two men appeared anonymously in 1931 in a small edition of only 90 numbered copies (this is #27). The author, a close friend of André Gide, lived in Carcasonne for most of his life and published several other books of poetry, but this work is his rarest and most explicit. Published by the famed publisher of erotic texts, René Bonnel, and with an explicit engraved frontispiece by the Catalan artist Pere Créixams, the work has been described as one of the great treasures of erotic literature. Quite rare, with the original erotic frontispiece laid in. A near fine copy in green wrappers. Pia 1283.
San Francisco: Perineum (1984). Fie in wrappers, inscribed by the author.
San Francisco: Perineum (1982). A very good copy in original wrappers, inscribed by the author.
San Francisco: Perineum (1984). A near fine copy, inscribed by the author to his longtime friend Doug Martin.
San Francisco: Perineum (1984). A very good copy in wrappers, inscribed by the author on endpaper. In addition, there is a correction in Steward's hand.
San Francisco: Perineum (1984). A near fine copy in wrappers, inscribed by the author on endpaper.
San Francisco: Perineum (1983). A near fien copy in wrappers, inscribed by Steward to his friend Doug Martin.
Washington: Guild Press (1966). One of the milestones of modern gay literature–a "Dante journey into a dark and underground world that may shock or repel, but will surely fascinate." (from dust jacket blurb). A very good copy in good dust jacket by Etienne, with closed tears, small chip at edges, light rubbing to covers and spine.
Paris: Dorbon-Ainé (1916). Wartime memoir written by the British born celebrity chef. Secretary to Henri Gauthier-Villars (who called him "a little swindler and a huge homosexual") he wrote a number of books on cookery and contributed to Jacques Fersen's Akademos (see Sidney Place below). Privately printed edition of 300 copies (#48), this example without the etchings by Laboureur. Very good in decorative covers, spine a bit worn and chipped, light fading.
London: Penal Reform Committee (1928) 36pp. Very good in wrappers, foredge spotting.
Paris, Vendome, 1934. 83pp. One of the odder Vendome publications, generally noted for its scandalous publications with enticing covers. Very good in brown wrappers, light wear to cover.